The Morning Press, Vol. L #107 (Jan. 18, 1922)
"QUAKES ROCK COAST CITIES". ‘Big Navy Guns Roar, Series of Earthquakes
Jar Many Cities in South; 18 Shocks Felt Here’
Los Angeles, Jan. 17 - Shocks felt in Southern California, with Los
Angeles as the center, over a territory 90 miles north and south and
60 miles inland, broke window panes, cracked plaster and startled inhabitants
between 7:30 and 8 o’clock tonight. The earth vibrations were reported
from San Diego to Santa Barbara, and at Riverside and San Bernardino,
while the most severe effects were in Los Angeles, where frightened
inhabitants in residential districts congregated in the streets.
Earth vibrations reported as far as 60 miles inland, and the disturbances
in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara and San Diego
cannot be attributed to gunfire by the dreadnoughts of the Pacific fleet,
it was announced tonight by one of the officers of Admiral E. W. Eberle’s
GUNS NOT RESPONSIBLE. Four dreadnoughts of the fleet were engaging
tonight in night firing. They were more than 22 miles at sea, and according
to the staff officer, every precaution had been taken from previous
experience and study of artillery explosive effects and concussion to
hold the practice sufficiently at sea to prevent any damage resulting
"It has never been known that damage from such a gun was caused or
vibration effects 60 miles inland," the staff officer said. "It would
be impossible that the practice such as held tonight could have caused
seven distinct shocks in rapid succession."
Nine distinct shocks were felt in Los Angeles within a period of 10
minutes, according to residents.
Santa Barbara residents joined with those of most of the towns in
Southern CA last night in guessing, not without misgiving, what was
going on when doors and windows in their homes began rattling.
The rattle at doors and windows was accompanied in places by a slight
sensation as of an earth tremor. In other places the sensation was more
pronounced. At Los Angeles, residents reported that plastering had been
cracked and that in some blocks the inhabitants had been sufficiently
alarmed to leave their homes and congregate in the streets.
Opinion here as to the source of the disturbance was divided. Some
attributed it to earthquake shocks. A large number favored the theory
that battle ships were engaged in night target practice at sea.
SEVERAL TREMORS. The tremors were felt shortly before 7:30 p.m. and,
according to the testimony of several residents, particularly in Montecito,
they continued far into the night. Many residents counted from three
to five shocks. Others reported as many as 18. None was perceptible
in the office of the Morning Press. Many persons telephoning
to this office agreed that one of the tremors was much more pronounced
than the others.
Reports from many points in CA added to the confusion regarding the
source of the tremors. None of the seismographs in the state whose readings
were available recorded an early shock last night, although the instrument
at Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington, and that at Georgetown University,
Washington, D. C., recorded severe quakes at a distance of more than
2,000 miles to the southward earlier in the day. Father Richard of the
University of Santa Clara said the instrument at the observatory there
recorded a quake of 30 minutes duration at 7:55 Monday evening.
FELT IN SAN BERNARDINO. while residents in the vicinity of San Bernardino,
60 miles inland, felt the disturbances distinctly, residents of the
beach towns near Los Angeles declared they had felt no shocks nor heard
The biological institute at La Jolla reported that flashes as of gunfire
were visible apparently between San Clemente island and San Pedro. But
navy officers at Los Angeles said the battleships were too far out at
sea for concussions from the big gins to be heard ashore.
18 SHOCKS COUNTED. A resident of Montecito who counted 18 distinct
shocks during the night, said they came in regular intervals and that
the effect was precisely like that when the battleship fleet was known
to be engaged in target practice.
George Russell, local weather observer, was among those who felt the
shocks. They jarred the lamp on his table, he said. He declined to align
himself with either the earthquake or gunfire fractions, but added the
information that there was a theory among old residents here that an
earthquake was usually followed by a severe storm. And whether there
was an earthquake or not, he said, his barometer was falling rapidly
and that a rain might be expected within the next 10 days.
"NEW ‘QUAKE’ DUE; FLAGSHIP’S GUNS ROAR TODAY" By associated press released
Los Angeles, Jan. 17 - Big guns of the flagship California, greatest
dreadnought in the Pacific, will be launched forth tomorrow in the main
target practice of the new floating fortress off Los Angeles harbor,
it was announced at Pacific fleet headquarters here tonight. Gun pointers
throughout the fleet and navy officers are keenly interested in the
event, anticipating that new naval gunnery records will be established.
It is understood that records for night firing were broken off the
harbor last night when four dreadnoughts of the fleet completed this
form of practice.
The Morning Press, Vol. L, No. 107 (Jan. 19, 1922).
"PROF. LAWSON SAYS CONCUSSIONS WERE PROBABLY QUAKES" Berkeley, California.,
Jan. 18 - Prof. A. C. Lawson, head of the department of geology at the
University of CA and the man who recently announced a method for predicting
earthquake shocks, said today of the Los Angeles concussions: "Unless
San Pedro felt the shocks and stronger than Los Angeles, they could
have not been caused by guns. From the reports I have seen it would
appear more likely that local earthquakes were responsible."
Parkfield, California, earthquake, March 10, 1922 on San Andreas fault
Ventura Daily Post and Daily Democrat, Vol. 21, No. 288 (Mar.
"Earthquake shock felt here this morning" -- A marked earthquake shock
was felt here at ??? o’clock this morning, the tremors lasting fully
a minute and were violent. The shock was felt as far north as San Luis
Obispo in a moderate degree and slight tremors were felt at Los Angeles,
according to advice from the city. (time of quake not given).
Daily Oxnard Courier, Vol. XV, no. 210 (Friday, Mar. 10, 1922).
EARTHQUAKE FELT HERE SHAKES BUILDINGS AND HOMES. Many Oxnard residents
felt the earthquake early this morning which shook many houses in this
section as well as Ventura and other districts. Paul Hutchinson said
he thought something was loose in the attic at first. He was awakened
a little after three am this morning by a noise which sounded much like
a quantity of potatoes rolling from end to end of the attic. The rocking
continued and Paul then knew that there was an earthquake somewhere.
Other residents said they were awakened by the shock.
J.N. Cheniss, a traveling shoe man, was here this morning and said
he felt the quake at Ventura early this morning. He was sleeping on
the second floor of the De Leon hotel when he was awakened by the sharp
jolt. The building shook and people started getting up. He said he was
too tired to rise and tried to sleep but the rocking kept him awake.
He could hear other patrons of the hotel running about and many of them
were in the street. Some of them, he said, did not come back for the
rest of the morning.
It was thought that it was the tail end of a severe earthquake that
damaged some other sections.
The quake was of sufficient force to stop many clocks in Oxnard, including
the big clock in the ABS factory office, a big clock in the Liddie jewelry
store and another in the Palace pool hall. A clock in Ruppert & Boos
stationary store also was stopped. Nearly all the clocks were stopped
but a few minutes apart, being around 3:24 am.
Santa Maria Daily Times, Weekly Vol. XXXV, no. 35 (Friday, Mar.
DISTURBANCE IS FELT HERE EARLY TODAY. Two shocks were felt in Santa
Maria community shortly before 3:30 this morning. The first tremore
(sic) was very slight but the second was severe enough to satisfy the
majority of the residents. Houses rocked and dishes and windows rattled.
No damage, however, was reported.
From reports from throughout the state today the shocks were felt
in most every community along the coast. Reports from: SLO, Hanford
3:30, Bakersfield 3:30, Porterville (awoke entire town) 3:20, Pasadena
(slight) 3:45, Los Angeles (rattled windows stopped store clocks) 3:23.
The Morning Press (Saturday, March 11, 1922)
SLIGHT TREMBLOR RATTLES HOUSES. First quiver felt shortly after 3:20
a.m. at which time many clocks stopped.
Light sleepers all over Santa Barbara and in the surrounding county
were awakened early yesterday by earth tremors which shook California
from the Santa Clara Valley to southern California.
Clocks in many offices, stores and homes stopped at 3:22 a.m. indicating
the first shock occurred at that hour. Many persons said there were
three later and lighter shocks. The seismograph at Lick Observatory
at Mount Hamilton near San Jose recorded the tremor which lasted 15
minutes and appeared to center 200 miles distant. The prevalent opinion
was that the fault which caused the San Francisco earthquake experienced
The only effect here was the stopping of the clocks, the rattling of
dishes, loose doors and windows and the jarring of a picture or two
by the disturbance.
The Morning Press, Vol. LI, No. 138 (Tuesday, Feb. 27, 1923)
WHO BACKS REPORTER ON EARTHQUAKE?
Dear City Editor: Will you accept the unsupported word of one of your
most veracious reporters that there was an earthquake in Santa Barbara
I know it is customary in cases like this to obtain verification from
several source, and I have tried to do this, but without success. The
best I could do was find someone who had felt an earth tremor at midnight
Saturday night, and that doesn’t help my private earthquake at all.
Despite this lack of confirmation, however, there was an earthquake
at my house between 9 and 10 o’clock Sunday night -- or rather two of
them. A dish on the dining room table teetered audibly for about 60
seconds, and during part of the time the windows rattled during the
first shock. During the second, by sitting real still and concentrating
on the matter, I fancied I could even feel the second. No damage resulted
as far as I could discover. Signed, the Veracious Reporter
The Morning Press, Vol. L, No. 197 ( May 9, 1923).
BIG GUNS FIRING CAUSE TREMORS AS EARTHQUAKES. House in the vicinity
of the Montecito Country Club were shaken by what was first supposed
to be a mild earthquake about 1 p.m. yesterday. Windows in a number
of buildings were rattled and investigation was made by authorities
to ascertain if any damage was caused by supposed tremblor. The shock
was explained when no further quakes were reported from the surrounding
country. Concussion from the big guns of the battle fleet at target
practice of San Pedro was blamed for the disturbance - frequently has
felt, it was said by the police.
In Edgerly Court also, it was reported, the disturbances were felt.
In one apartment occupants reported several distinct shocks lasting
for only a second each. At least one of the shocks caused the leaves
of window plants to quiver visibly and persons sitting in chairs were
able to feel the building tremble.
Reports from Carpinteria were of like nature, that three distinct
tremors were felt and attributed to seismic disturbances.
Daily Oxnard Courier, Vol. XVI, no. 260 (Wednesday, May 9, 1923).
CLAIM TO HAVE FELT SLIGHT EARTHQUAKE. Did you feel the earthquake yesterday
about 12:30? Several people in Oxnard said they felt a slight temblor
about that time but did not think it was an earthquake. In Colonia district
the doors and windows rattled in one of the ranch homes, but the residents
thought a gust of wind or a blast shook the place. When reports came
from Ventura today that residents in that city felt a quake about the
same time it is believed that the tail end of an earthquake was felt.
No reports of an earthquake in other parts of the world were received
by The Courier.
BSSA, Vol. 13, n. 3, p. 113-114; Vol. 29, n. 1, p. 229-230.
Southern California, July 22, 1923 - An earthquake rocked southern
California at 11:28 pm. The main force of the shock struck San Bernardino.
Thousands of dollars worth of damage was done there. The Hall of Records
was badly damaged. The shock was felt from Santa Barbara to the Mexican
Border. Towns at which sharp shocks were felt are LA, Long Beach, Glendale,
Eagle Rock, Riverside, Monrovia, Pomona, Santa Ana, Anaheim, San Jacinto,
Hemet, and Ventura.
The Daily Oxnard Courier, Vol. XVII, no. 18 (Monday, July 23,
OXNARD ROCKED BY EARTHQUAKE FOUR TEMBLORS. Earth Tremors Felt Here
at 11:30. Many Sleepers Awakened. Hundreds of Oxnarders were startled
at 11:30 last night by an earthquake which shook this city and was felt
from Ventura to San Diego. There were four distinct shocks felt here
according to those who were awake at the time. Many people were awakened
by the first tremor and felt the three following.
At Oxnard the last one was the most severe and was of long duration.
No damage was reported in Ventura County.
Many people reported the quake. Many admit they first thought the
noise was caused by burglars but soon found different.
Alvin Rice who lives near Oxnard said he felt four distinct quakes.
He stated the third was the worst and lasted quite some time. In the
Colonia district Jack Miller said many felt it.
C.A. Newcomb of Hueneme said he felt the temblor. He declared the
first shock was the worst in that section. "Every nail in the house
squeaked," he said "and the whole house shook."
-- felt in LA Southern Pacific depot. Everyone rushed to the street.
Felt in Hollywood.
The clock at the store room of the Edison Company on Fifth street
stopped at 11:30. It was said that many other clocks were stopped by
the quake. All over the neighborhood dogs barked and chickens were frightened
off their roosts and there was more or less excitement.
The Morning Press, Vol. LI, No. 255 (Tuesday, July 24, 1923)
THREE HURT AS QUAKE HITS SOUTHLAND.
San Bernardino Buildings Crack, Hospital Wall Topples Over.
Auto Goes Off Cliff.
Earth Shock Felt at Many Points in Southern Part of State.
San Bernardino, July 23 - Inventory of the damage of last night’s
earthquake, completed tonight, showed three persons injured and about
$2,000 damage in the city of San Bernardino, and $2,500 in Redlands.
Slight Quake is Felt Here - Slight earthquake shocks were felt in
various sections of Santa Barbara a few minutes before midnight, Sunday
night, according to a check of the city and suburbs yesterday. In no
case, however was the tremblor of sufficient severity to cause more
than a slight trembling of houses.
Bakersfield Has Slight Tremor.
Quake Breaks Riverside Mains.
Santa Paula Chronicle, Vol. XXXV, no. 21 (Thursday, July 26,
SLIGHT TEMBLOR IS FELT HERE. Earthquake Shock Wakes Many at Eleven
o’clock Sunday Night.
STATE HOSPITAL IS HIT. San Bernardino and Redlands Center of Greatest
Santa Paula felt only a slight shock in the earthquake which gave
all southern California a thorough shaking-up on Sunday night at eleven
The Ojai, Vol. XXXII, no. 29 (Friday, July 27, 1923)
DISTINCT QUAKE FELT BY SOME OJAI PEOPLE. There were at least a few
local people who either awake from sleeping got a tremot (sic) out of
the temblor that introduced a brief "shimmy dance" at 11:30 pm last
Sunday night, and down San Bernardino was it attained the magnitude
of a shakeup, rocking buildings to the point of considerable damage,
necessitating the condemnation of at least one three story structure
in that city.
In Oxnard, Ventura and Santa Barbara the shock or shocks, elicited
attention and some alarm.
The vibrations were the longest ever experienced by the writer, and
the house rocked perceptibly.
BSSA, Vol. 29, no. 1, p. 230.
4:18 p.m. Oxnard, Ventura Co. "Books thrown to floor in public library
and law offices." - LA Times, Aug. 16, 1923.
BSSA, Vol. 29, no. 1, p. 231.
7:50 p.m. IV. Ojai, Ventura Co. Rocking of rapid onset; duration three
seconds; felt by many; could not determine direction, hence intensity
probably less than V. - ERWB.
The Ojai, Vol. XXXII, no. 47 (Friday, Nov. 30, 1923)
DID YOU FEEL IT? Tuesday night at 7:46, a distinct earthquake shock
was felt by many Ojai people. It was more like a sudden impact between
resisting forces, than the shake-up from a temblor. Also, a heavy explosion
might have caused the same effect. The shock was felt at Ventura, according
to the Post, but if felt in Los Angeles the Times neglected
to mention it.
The Daily Oxnard Courier, Vol. XVIII, no. 150 (Friday, Dec. 26,
EARTHQUAKE IS SAID CAUSE OF HEAVY DAMAGE. Scores of Breaks in Pipe
Lines of Santa Paula Water Company Discovered. FEW FELT TEMBLOR.
Oxnarders Thought Disturbance Caused From Winds. Hinders Irrigation.
Oxnarders who thought they felt an earthquake sometime Wednesday apparently
were right. While the earth temblor may have been very light here, it
caused heavy damage in Santa Paula, although felt by very few who thought
the disturbance was caused by strong winds.
There was some talk of an earthquake both here and in Santa Paula
but it was thought little of, until Engineer Vern Freeman of the Santa
Paula Water Co. reported serious damage to the water company’s pipe
In widely separated places breaks were found in the pipe lines used
for irrigation purposes near Santa Paula. There are several miles of
pipe and large cracks were found in them at intervals all over the system.
The city’s water mains were not disturbed.
Engineer Freeman said that only an earthquake could have broken the
pipes in so many places and in such widely separated spots.
Santa Paula Chronicle, Vol. II, no. 72 (Friday, Dec. 26, 1924)
BELIEVE CITY WAS VISITED BY EARTHQUAKE. Some Queer Action of Earth
on Wednesday Afternoon or Night Breaks all Irrigation Pipe Lines in
This Section. Was the Santa Paula section visited by an earthquake along
with the high wind of Wednesday? This is the quake that Engineer Vern
Freeman, in charge of the Santa Paula Water Co., Farmers Irrigation
and Thermal Belt Water systems is trying to have answered. He believes
that an earthquake was responsible for cracking the concrete irrigation
pipe lines of the Farmers and Thermal Belt Companies.
Engineer Freeman has found that numerous cracks and resultant leaks
have appeared in the canyon, Farmers and Thermal Belt pipe lines. These
all occurred sometime Wednesday afternoon.
The breaks were at widely separate points and the similarity of the
cracks leads Engineer Freeman to believe it was an earthquake that was
responsible. No record of any earthquake has been heard here.
The Morning Press, Vol. LIII, no. 96, p. 12 (Tuesday, Dec. 30,
SANTA PAULA FEELS QUAKE. Broken Water Pipes are Laid to Disturbance
of Earth. Santa Paula, Dec. 29 - An earthquake of sufficient severity
to break the pipe lines of the Santa Paula Water company in various
and widely separated places occurred last week. At first it was thought
the freeze might have caused the damage; but the fact that water was
flowing all the time through the pipes that have been wrenched apart,
put an end to that theory. Engineer Vern Freeman, of the Santa Paula
Water company, says that the damage was obviously caused by a quake.
Reports of a slight quake felt in other places of the country have
been current. But there are several causes that can produce the effect
of quite a violent tremblor and there is a good deal of skepticism about
earthquake shocks unless some indubitable evidence as this is at hand.
BSSA, Vol. 29, no. 1, p. 234.
4:17 a.m. and 6:15 a.m. Santa Barbara. Sharp, heavy blows. - SRC&GS;
Reid's Scrapbook 4, 138.
The Morning Press, Vol. LIII, no. 97, p. 7 (Wednesday, Dec. 31,
EARTH SHOCK WAKENS CITY. Sudden Tremblor Attributed to Earthquake;
No Records Found. A violent shock, the origin of which had not been
traced up to late last night, awoke Santa Barbara residents at 4:20
o’clock yesterday morning.
From reports of the shock received yesterday the disturbance was caused
by a slight earthquake.
In some homes pictures fell from the walls and dishes were broken
while the shock was sufficient to awaken about 25% of those sleeping
at that hour. People on the street at that time did not notice the shock.
The only earthquake recorded on the seismograph at the University
of California was between 11:27:22 o’clock and 11:29 o’clock Monday
night, according to the Associated Press.
The Ventura Daily Post, Vol. 24, No. 19 ( Dec. 31, 1924)
SANTA BARBARA HAS EARLY MORNING QUAKE. A severe earthquake rocked Santa
Barbara at 4:17 am yesterday followed by a smaller one at 6:15 o’clock.
Earthquakes of minor importance have been felt in several places,
including Santa Paula, since the record of a gigantic quake was received
on Sunday night.
San Ardo, a short distance from San Luis Obispo, received a jolt Saturday
night and several other disturbances were felt in that locality.
The brunt of the shock is believed to have occurred in Japan, which
reported severe but not disastrous tremblors yesterday.
BSSA, Vol. 29, no. 1, p. 234.
9:30 a.m. V. Ojai, Ventura Co. Two shocks, felt by many. SRC&GS.
Santa Paula Chronicle, Vol. II, no. 100 (Wednesday, Jan. 28, 1925)
QUAKE ROCKS TOWNS OF COUNTY; OJAI FEELS MOST. Ojai had a real earthquake
scare this morning. Buildings rocked and plaster was cracked and fell
while the populace ran into the street as two shocks occurred at about
Here in Santa Paula, no one in the downtown district could be found
who had felt the quake, but in the residence district some housewives
reported that their dishes had rattled. One woman said it made her ill.
Ventura Free Press (Thursday, Jan. 29, 1925 )
Tremor Shakes Entire County; Ojai Worst Hit.
Ojai bore the brunt of the quake which hit here yesterday morning
at 9:34 o’clock, according to reports from there today.
The shock caused many clocks to stop running, and was felt all over
the valley. Out buildings of light construction on the farms near Ojai
danced around and quivered, while considerable damage was done in grocery
stores by glass jars being hurled from the shelves.
The worst damage was caused to the Arcade, which was torn a way a little,
it is understood.
Plaster was cracked and fell while the populace of Ojai ran into the
street. There were two shocks there - only one here.
A new crack appeared in the old city hall building, but other than
that no damage could be learned here.
At the Limonieria, two shocks were reported but no damage done.
In Santa Paula, the business district did not feel the tremor, but
housewives reported that dishes had rattled.
One woman declared that the tremor made her ill.
The Daily Oxnard Courier, Vol. XVIII, no. 178 (Thursday, Jan.
Earthquake is Felt Throughout County; Felt Most at Ojai. It was reported
here yesterday that an earthquake had been felt in Camarillo yesterday
morning but at the time the report was discredited, it being said that
the fleet was firing big guns off the coast. Later reports, however,
show that Ventura County received quite a jar about 9 o’clock am. yesterday.
The earth tremor was felt strongly at Camarillo. Mrs. C.J. Daily who
happened to be in the upstairs part of the large Daily home said she
heard a perfume bottle rattling on the bureau in her bedroom. She looked
up and saw the bottle moving. Then the house started to saw [sic], windows
rattled, and the door shook. No one else was in the house at the time
and although Mrs. Daily thought it was an earthquake she was not sure,
for firing of large guns on battleships at sea was often felt at Camarillo.
The quake was very slight at Oxnard, very few persons noticing it.
At Ventura the temblor was of sufficient force to cause a large crack
in the old city hall building.
At the Limoneria ranch company in Santa Paula two shocks were felt
but no damage was done.
In Santa Paula, like Oxnard, no one in the down-town district seemed
to notice the temblor. housewives reported that dishes and windows rattled.
In Ojai the shock was quite severe.
Carpinteria Herald, Vol. 5, no. 12 (Thursday, Jan. 29, 1925)
Slight Tremor. Carpinterians experienced a slight earthquake tremor
yesterday morning slightly after 9:30 o’clock. The shake lasted but
a few seconds, but was the heaviest that has been felt for some time.
The Ojai, Vol. XXXIV, no. 3 (Friday, Jan. 30, 1925)
QUAKE SHAKES BUILDINGS AND SCATTERS POPULACE. Wednesday morning at
9:35 by the Boyd Club’s big clock (when it stopped ticking) this city
was visited by a terrific temblor that turned things topsy turvy; terrifying
denizens; causing buildings to teeter-totter and the earth to tremble
by a hidden force as powerful as exploding dynamite.
In the business section nearly every living soul -- and some nearly
dead from fright -- rushed into the street with the greatest haste ever
exercised in all their lives before, but with all that titanic burst
of speed, the agitation of mother earth had ceased before the curb was
reached by the bosses and employees, who absorbed all the agitation
necessary after the quake quit.
The vibrations were east to west, and there were two distinct shocks,
only a fraction of a second apart, the first a quick jolt, and then
a regular humdinger, tug-o’-war, forward and back movement that pulled
the populace to its feet, and caused hearts to sik [sic] below the waistband.
Bottled and canned goods were thrown from the shelves of the three
grocery stores but the entire loss slight -- not over $50.
The attendants at the post office, feared that the tower was toppling,
but they kept their posts, and that bit of beautiful architecture stood
the strain without the appearance of a flaw.
A chimney was beheaded at the C.V. Miller home, and a window shattered
at the Grammar school.
The Boyd Club was shaken like a reed in a heavy gale, and cracked
and creaked loudly, and the clock stopped exactly at 9:35.
From various reports, reaching here from LA and the north, it is evident
that the force of the disturbance was centered here.
In LA it was not felt and the shock was slight at Oxnard and Ventura.
SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA, EARTHQUAKE OF JUNE, 29, 1925 (M = 6.3)
The Santa Barbara earthquake of June 29 was the first earthquake
in California since 1906 to cause significant damage and casualties
in an urbanized area. The Richter magnitude scale was not developed
until 1935, but a subsequent comparison of records shows that the magnitude
of the main shock of 1925 was approximately 6.3. It was recorded by
seismographs at Lick Observatory on Mt. Hamilton and at Santa Clara
College, both near San Jose in northern California, and in the central
and eastern U.S. and Europe. The combined records are inadequate, however,
to fix the epicenter of the earthquake any more precisely than "in the
Santa Barbara Channel area" (C. Richter, pers. comm., 1968). Intensities
as high as VIII on the Modified Mercalli scale were assigned to the
Goleta - Santa Barbara - Carpinteria area (Isoseismal
Map). The onshore felt area was in excess of 260,000 sq. mi. The
earthquake was widely reported and photographed. The Santa Barbara newspaper
accounts are understandably voluminous and are not fully reproduced
here for that reason. Aftershocks were especially numerous, and are
also not fully cataloged here, but see BSSA, Vol. 29, no. 1, pp.
235 -240 for many of them. Ed.
BSSA, Vol. 29, no. 1, p. 235.
6:42 a.m. IX. Santa Barbara - This strong destructive local earthquake
practically destroyed the business section of Santa Barbara, many of
the buildings being poorly constructed from the standpoint of surviving
strong shaking, and was of intensity VII or VIII along the coast from
a point east of Santa Barbara almost to Point Concepcion and northwest
to beyond Los Alamos, with a suggestion in the intensity pattern that
the faults in the Los Alamos-Los Olivos region may have participated
in some manner in the shock, in addition to the faults nearer Santa
Barbara, which were chiefly responsible.
[The entire publication BSSA Vol. 15, no. 4 deals with the Santa
Barbara earthquake of 1925. BSSA Vol. 17, no. 1 contains article entitled,
"The Earthquake at Santa Barbara, California, as it Affected the Railroad
of the Southern Pacific Company." by W.H. Kirkbride.]
The shock caused a few deaths and several million dollars of damage
in Santa Barbara. It was felt feebly at Watsonville, Santa Cruz Co.,
on the northwest; was rather strong, probably about intensity IV, at
Mojave, Kern Co., on the east, and at Santa Ana, Orange Co., to the
southeast, according to press reports. This outlines an area on land
of about 50,000 square miles as the region over which the shock probably
was perceptible, and the total area, land and sea, probably shaken with
intensity II must have been about 100,000 square miles.
The shock was recorded seismographically over most of the earth, and
was followed by more widely recorded aftershocks than has been usual
with California shocks of this type.
The Ventura County Star, Vol. 1, No. 13 ( June 29, 1925)
QUAKE ROCKS VENTURA; NO BIG DAMAGE
Women and children fled from their homes early this morning when four
separate and distinct earthquake tremblors shook this city for several
The tremblors are said to be the most violent to visit Ventura in
Chimneys were torn from roofs; plate glass windows were broken; bottles
and canned groceries in downtown grocery stores were thrown to the floor.
Drugs and medical preparations were strewn about drug store floors.
Ventura’s only salvation from probable complete destruction was the
fact that the earthquake was gradual and not violent, according to pioneers
The old mission was probably hit the hardest of any structure in the
city. The walls were cracked in many places and plaster knocked from
its walls. The bell tower was almost knocked from the roof.
Inspector Bert Johnson reported that many chimneys were knocked off
the roofs of various residences throughout the city. He said there was
no other noticeable damage to property. Several bricks were knocked
out of archway windows and a chimney was knocked loose at the De Leon
Landslides were caused in the Avenue oil well district but as far
as could be learned no serious damages resulted. Many workmen fled from
large derrecks, according to those who were at the wells. The castings
probably saved any damages that might have occurred to the wells according
to various officials of the various companies.
(The Santa Barbara Damage is also extensively covered. Ed.)
The Daily Oxnard Courier, Vol. XVIII, no. 306 (Monday, June 29,
Oxnard was rocked for several seconds at 6:45 am. This was the first
and longest quake. It was a long steady role [sic] gaining in intensity
toward the end.
People who were asleep had time to get up, upt [sic] on scant clothing
and get outside before the shaking stopped. Then for several seconds
after light fixtures, mirrors, pictures and other things swayed.
Another shock was felt a minute or two later, then another and another.
But these were less severe.
At 6:55 there was another severe temblor and residents made another
dash for the open. To many it felt at first as though this was worse
than the first. Dishes were shaken from many shelves in Oxnard, according
to reports and some glasses were broken in one or two places it was
reported. In one or two places plaster was cracked in ceilings. It is
likely that there was some damage done in several places that has not
yet been reported.
Roy Whitman, who is at present living with his family in Ojai, said
the earthquake was quite severe there. The quakes seemed to be circular
in motion, he said, as he noticed the huge oaks of the Ojai moving and
the foliage moving as if the entire tree had been twisted around.
-- Also felt in Hanford (San Joaquin Valley): slight San Luis Obispo:
slight Santa Ana, Corona, San Bernardino: slight
Santa Paula Chronicle ( June 29, 1925)
No damage in Santa Paula. Clocks stopped. Series of shocks felt.
Santa Maria Daily Times, Weekly Vol. XLIII, no. 7 (Monday, June
Santa Maria Escapes With Light Shocks. A few cracked chimneys and brick
walls comprised the total damage to Santa Maria from the earth tremors
which rocked this community this morning at about 6:45 o’clock. Guadalupe,
Orcutt, Betteravia, Nipomo and other nearby towns report quakes of brief
duration at the same time but no damage.
A series of slight tremors followed the shock which stopped a number
of Western Union and other clocks in Santa Maria at 6:44 this am morning.
The most severe shock probably lasted a quarter of a minute, with slight
tremors continuing for several minutes. Slight shocks were also felt
here about 8:30.
Chimneys of several local residences are reported cracked and the
plaster on the walls of the Masonic temple was shattered to some extent.
June 30, 1925: Two slight earth shocks are reported to have been felt
in Santa Maria at early hours this morning. No damage was done and a
majority of the inhabitants were unaware of their visit until the information
was announced this morning.
Carpinteria Herald, Vol. 5, no. 39 (Thursday, July 2, 1925)
The greatest disaster that has befallen this section of the county
since the advent of the white man here, came early Monday morning when
the earth began to rock about 6:40 o’clock and continued to rock intermittently
for about 10 minutes. When the third temblor had subsided the Town Hall
building was in ruins and every building in the valley was damaged to
The first tremor came without warning and found the greatest portion
of the residents in bed. Before the first tremor had subsided everyone
was in the street. Except to get their clothing, food and bedding, few
returned to the houses until the following day and then only as long
as necessary. While it was felt that the greater danger has passed with
the big quake Monday morning, the earth trembled almost incessantly
all day with intermittence sharp shocks which was most trying on the
nerves, so that when night came a great many preferred to remain outdoors.
One sharp shock did come at 1:20 am and another at 4:30 o’clock, but
they served only to awaken sleepers and did little damage.
The most serious damage done in Carpinteria was the wrecking of the
Town Hall building. While the building is standing, it is so badly damaged,
it may have to be razed and rebuilt. The north and the south walls were
almost severed so that it is hard to determine what holds it intact.
The condition of the building is such that no one should enter it unless
it is absolutely necessary.
The Smith building on the corner of 7th and Linden was badly damaged
but not beyond repair. The front was almost torn off and several bricks
from the southwest corner fell off, but it is thought it can be anchored
to the rest of the building at no great expense.
More description of damaged buildings.
Nearly every chimney toppled... The greater portion of residences
here are well built frame structures which were elastic enough to withstand
the numerous twists and turns they were subjected with little damage.
Solves Water problem - While the earthquake gave us a terrible fright
and shook our nerves and buildings, it apparently solved one of our
vexatious problems - the water problem - for a time at least. Since
the quake all mountain streams increased form [sic] 20 to 30 inches
and wells that were supposed to be dry are now producing.
The Ojai, Vol. XXXIV, no. 25 (Friday, July 3, 1925)
On Monday morning at 6:40 as reckonedand [sic] indicated by several
clocks that suddenly ceased their pendulum beat of time at that exact
hour, Ojai was rocked by seismic disturbances that startled all either
asleep or awake into an unusual early morning activity, coupled in many
instances with great alarm and consternation.
The vibrating influence was tenacious -- the like of which having
never been experienced by the oldest resident of the Valley. The torture
of agony and fear was soon lessened with the realizing sense that death’s
fingers had slipped their hold, but alarm was not entirely abated before
other vibrations succeeded the first with alarming force, giving rise
to a quick mental conjecture as to what was to follow from the unseen
master of all things material.
But after the two heavy shocks there came the more unnoticeable caperings
of little quakes that only served to slightly increase heart pulsation
and strain nerve tensions, in a few cases, almost to the limit of hysteria.
Other than a good scare and shaking, Ojai escaped damage. Shelves
of grocery stores were disturbed without loss, and toilet articles in
pyramidal display in Boardman’s window took a tumble.
It was soon learned that Ventura, Santa Paula, Oxnard and Los Angeles,
with other cities and towns along the way, had been in the path of the
temblors, but there had been no loss of life and no property damage.
But with the word that no point north of Ventura could be reached,
there was grave apprehension, many calling to mind the great San Francisco
disaster of 1906.
Then came the report from the Free Press office in Ventura
that Santa Barbara had been hit hard, and with each succeeding report
the Channel City horror grew in magnitude, until the awful visitation
was verified by those arriving from the scene of ruin, death and desolation.
And in that tragedy, Ojai narrowly escaped having a part, as J.J.
Burke was in the path of danger, so eminent, that for a moment escape
seemed impossible, and our townsman felt that for him the end was at
hand, and he mentally said goodbye Burke and farewell to the world.
His time had not come - fate ruling otherwise. He was a guest at the
Neal, a concrete structure, on State Street, not far from the S.P. Depot.
He had risen early and was at the Clerk’s desk conversing with the
night clerk, when there was a mighty upheaval, and he saw the side wall
moving from them, and the sound of crashing cement was in his ears,
as he turned, with the thought "this is the end - goodbye Burke" - he
rushed for the street with a sort of a blind tuition, followed by the
But the upper walls, where lurked death, did not fall, and our good
citizen was spared to future usefulness.
No less exciting was the experience of Contractor Adams, now fulfilling
a sewer contract in this city.
He was at the Hotel Barbara, still sleeping, and when the first shock
came he was nearly hurled from the bed, and the next instant was at
the window to determine the cause of the sudden commotion. He heard
the crash of shattered timbers and witnessed a rain of falling brick
and concrete, realizing then fully what calamity had befallen the city.
He turned for his clothing, when the second upheaval added to the bedlam
of sound, and half attired he rushed down the stairs to the rear of
the hotel. The door would not yield. Going back to his room on the second
floor with his fist crashed out the window screen, and as he was about
to leap through the opening, the thought that he would be crushed by
falling walls flashed through his mind, and turning he ran down the
stairs and reached the street, half dazed by the confusion. (Next
few lines are unreadable). ...a man accosted him and reported that
Los Angeles was in ruins and "thousands killed". That was his home city
- and his family was there. With a terror and apprehension beyond words,
he ran from his informant to gain further news. Communication was cut
off both by phone and telegraph. Securing his car he made a wild run
to Ventura, and reaching his family by phone, gave his wife the first
knowledge that a quake had occurred in Los Angeles or anywhere else.
Her slumbers had not been disturbed, and she was happily unconscious
of the danger that had encompassed the head of the household.
Through the columns of the Ventura Star, Jacques D’Armund, business
manager of the Santa Barbara Press, who was in and about the
ruined district immediately following the disaster, tells the following
"This morning Santa Barbara awoke early to the feel of sultry weather.
Residents in all sections bestirred themselves and prepared to resume
the humdrum of routine after the week end. In the dozen big hotels of
the city employees of kitchen and dining room scurried to and fro preparing
breakfast for an army of tourists, in shops and stores porters prepared
to open for the day’s business.
Suddenly the earth shivered. Not a heavy tremor nor the usual vertical
motion accompanying severe shakes. It was startling, nothing more.
The whole earth rose and seemed to shake itself with the motion of
a spaniel fresh from the water.
And a minute later, State Street, the principal business avenue of
the city, was a mass of ruins and wreckage, at least 15 or more persons
were dead and property owners had suffered losses estimated at from
$25,000,00 (?) and up.
That was at 6:45 o’clock. Within the next half hour additional shocks
running an entire scale of severity at 25 in number, had increased the
property loss and driven virtually every resident of Santa Barbara from
home to the open air.
From Sola Street south to the ocean front a total of approximately
40 buildings were either demolished or so badly wrecked that rebuilding
will be necessary.
The San Marcos building at Anapamu and State streets was almost entirely
One wing of the four-story structure, completed less than two years
ago, lies flat on the ground. The State Street frontage is one-half
demolished and in the wreckage are believed to be bodies of several
employees of the Strling (sic) Drug Company.
The Arlington Hotel, California’s first great tourist hotel, and famous
on two continents, is a wreck.
The entire front section of the hostelry crashed to the ground, scores
of guests barely escaping with their lives.
Other large buildings wrecked were the public library, one of the
most beautiful in the state; the First National Bank; the Trinity Church;
the First Congretional Church; the Hotel Carillo (first two floors);
the Clock Building; the Edgerley Court Apartments; the W.F. Higby Automotive
building; the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows; the New Hotel California,
finished less than a month ago, and a large number of others.
Immediately after the first shock, all electric power and gas mains
were shut off. Traffic came to a standstill and special police and naval
reserves took charge of the downtown situation. A search of the wreckage
for bodies was begun with huge wrecking machines and tractors dragging
the debris from the streets.
The first efforts of the salvage crews were hampered by the crowds
of curious who flocked to the stricken zone, before the Granada Theatre,
an 8-story structure which survived the tremblor, thousands gathered
to watch the workmen. Recurring shocks soon sent them scurrying to a
place of safety, however, and when the big building began to rock above
their heads there was a general scampering in all directions.
Scores of heroism came out of the first shocks. "Art" Hensling, well
known as a semi-professional baseball player was standing with a companion
before a produce store on Ortega Street when the first blow came. The
front of the building caved in on the pair, seriously injuring them.
A small Mexican boy was passing, and the lad, with superhuman efforts,
and with shock following shock, almost continuously, stayed with his
work of rescue until he had freed both pinioned men from their perilous
The $5,000,000 city reservoir of Gibraltar dam escaped the force of
the quake and stands apparently undamaged, but the Sheffield storage
reservoir just above the Old Mission, broke and its rushing waters inundated
a large section of the city in the lower part of town.
Up until this afternoon few people of the city remained indoors. Scenes
remindful of the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 could be seen on all
sides. On every lawn, breakfast was being served on tables hastily set,
but few were partaking of the food.
The shutting off of electricity and gas plants made hot food at a
premium. Bursting water mains cut off most of the water supply, and
there were few cups of hot coffee in the city.
Among the list of the dead from the quake are:
Dr. H.L. Angell, dentist, of Santa Barbara.
Miss Carter, Arlington Hotel maid.
Bertram Hancock, Los Angeles clubman, son of A. Allan Hancock.
James H. Hazzard, merchant of Santa Barbara.
Nicholas Latheua, restaurant owner of Santa Barbara.
William Matthews, official of International Lathers Union.
Maranio Ministido, laborer.
Mrs. Charles R. Perkins, widow of the late vice president of the
C.B. & Q. Railway.
Charles Perkins, Jr., her son.
D. Santor, garage mechanic, Santa Barbara.
Patrick Shea, gardener of St. Anthony’s Seminary, Santa Barbara.
James Starborn, restaurant worker, Santa Barbara.
A Priest at the Old Mission.
The list of injured include: G.A. Hancock, Dr. Henry Hensey, Ruth
Allen, H.T. Crowin, Louis J. Deiner, William Renwick, John Gired, Leo
Stewark of Lompoc, Mrs. H. Best, H. de la Gadillo, A.R. Hensling, Mrs.
Ethel Deiner, Frank Rexroat, George Miller, Hernando Chavez, Mrs. J.
Knudson, William McElroy.
The business district the full length of State Street from San Marcos
building south to the water front is a mass of ruins, and will all have
to be rebuilt.
The property damage loss is estimated at $25,000,000.
It is reported that the earthquake insurance on destroyed property
in the Channel City totals $1,500,000.
Many of the fine homes of the higher elevations about the city were
damaged to a greater or lesser extent.
Ventura seems to have got the force of the shock more severely than
Ojai and according to the Post considerable minor damage was
done, the most important being mentioned.
RESORTS UNSCATHED. Nearby resorts suffered no quake damage was the
good news that came from Matilija, Wheelers and Sopers. The shocks were
felt and there was a scattering among the rocks, but no slides occurred,
although the upper reaches of the mountains sides were outlined through
heavy dust clouds at some points. The Camp Girls, at Matilija, had their
early morning dreams broken in upon, but the visitation was quite calmly
accepted as one of the experiences of camp life.
At Oxnard, Frank Inglis, just prior to the first disturbance, left
his home to go down town. As he approached his car "Miss Lizzie" seemed
to back away from him in a sort of shimmie act. He rubbed a hand over
his eyes to determine whether he was awake or dreaming and as he moved
forward and placed a foot on the running board, the family Ford shied
away from him as the second shock agitated the wheels - then Frank knew
what had happened.
California Division of Mines
City water gauges recorded several hundred seismic events associated
with earthquakes. Foreshocks began at least as early as 0327 local time,
followed by the main shock at 0643. (By the morning of July 5, 264
aftershocks were recorded, and they continued into Sept. Regrettably,
no systematic records were kept of the after- shocks, so that a complete
recording is lacking. The contemporary newspaper accounts contain comments
only about notable aftershocks. Ed.)
The Daily Oxnard Courier, Vol. XVIII, no. 307 (Tuesday, June 30,
Additional Quakes Are Felt Here During Early Morning Hours. Following
on the heels of the disastrous Santa Barbara temblor, there have been
a number of smaller earthquakes in that vicinity several of which were
felt here. Last night several light tremors were reported.
At 1:20 this morning there was a noticeable quake that awakened light
sleepers in Oxnard. It lasted for several seconds and many people got
out of bed. Lights were seen in scores of homes. A large number of Oxnarders
reported that light fixtures were swaying when they turned on the lights.
Light tremors were felt at 3:30 and 5:30 according to many Oxnarders.
It was reported that another quake was felt during the morning.
-- Georgetown Prof. says epicenter was way out in the Pacific.
The Ventura County Star, Vol. 1, No. 17 ( July 3, 1925)
THREE TREMORS DO SLIGHT HARM. Ventura is shaken by quakes; more cracks
in mission -- three separate tremors occurring at 8:43, 10:20 and 10:45
am, the second being the most severe, rocked Ventura today and sent
people hurrying into the streets. No serious damage was reported from
any of the tremblors.
Additional cracks are noticeable in the Old Mission and some more
plaster was knocked from the walls of the historic landmark.
The brick walls separating the American Bakery at 714 Main Street
and the Sanitary Market were slightly parted.
The I. O. O. F. building, occupied by the postoffice on the ground
floor, shook like a cradle, according to those who were in the office
at the time.
The Daily Oxnard Courier (Friday, July 3, 1925)
Mentions SB, Ventura aftershocks, none said felt in Oxnard.
BSSA, vol. 15, n. 3, p. 242.
Santa Barbara, CA - Three distinct shocks were felt in Santa Barbara
on July 3rd, according to reports received from there; there were aftershocks
from the severe earthquake of June 29th.
The Lompoc Record (Friday, July 3, 1925)
(Describes damage done to Santa Barbara; has short reference to
a series of quakes in Santa Maria but says nothing about damage or occurrence
in Lompoc. Ed.)
Santa Barbara Daily News (Saturday July 4, 1925:)
OIL FISSURES OPEN IN OCEAN AND COVER SEA. Boat Returning from Islands
Reports Film of Petroleum Spread for Miles in the Channel off Santa
Barbara. Gaping oil fissures crisscross the channel between Santa Barbara
and the channel islands since the great quake of last Monday have been
pouring their oil contents into the sea, according to W.H. Schuyler
of Oak Park, who has just returned from Fry’s Harbor.
"We were on Santa Cruz island when the quake started," said Mr. Schuyler,
"and at first supposed the noise we heard was a schooner coming in.
Then the ground began to roll and rocks to tumble from the cliffs.
"The yacht Dreamer lay in the bay. She has a radio and after a time
the men aboard came over and told us their radio had caught news that
Santa Barbara had been destroyed by an earthquake.
"We started across the channel and ran into oil spread like a heavy
film on the surface of the sea for miles, and oil bubbling from the
sea’s bottom. In some places in the channel there always have been some
traces of oil, but in all my experience with the channel I have never
seen such a spread of oil over the surface of the sea as we went through
on our was hurrying back from the islands to Santa Barbara."
Mr. Schuyler states that the islands suffered no damage from the quake,
and that while rocks rolled into the sea from the cliffs he believes
most of these were about ready to roll down when the quake struck the
The Ventura County Star, Vol. 1, No. 18 ( July 6, 1925)
264 TREMORS IN THE PAST WEEK -- three more earth tremors on Sunday
and a total of 27 recorded Sat. at the recording thermometer of Southern
CA Gas Co. in Santa Barbara, brought the total number of tremors, including
the two terrific ones last Monday, to 264 for the week. Each tremor
was distinctly recorded on the charts of this thermometer.
The Daily Oxnard Courier ( July 6, 1925)
La Cumbre Peak has been constantly quivering since the quake Monday
Santa Barbara, July 6 - A total of 279 earth tremors have rocked this
city since before 7 am Monday morning. One extremely faint at 3 am July
The Daily Oxnard Courier ( July 8, 1925)
No further tremors in SB
Carpinteria Herald ( July 9, 1925)
Reports occasional sharp shocks.
The Lompoc Record (Friday, July 10, 1925)
WATER LEVEL RAISES AFTER RECENT QUAKE. The earthquake increased the
water supply all over Lompoc valley and ranchers who have irrigation
outfits have reported in several instances that the water level has
raised considerably... The quake made a big difference in the water
Santa Barbara News Press ( Aug. 7, 1925)
Flow of water from the Santa Ynez River has increased measurably ever
since the earthquake, according to a tabulation of gauge readings compiled
yesterday by D.M. McDonald, observer at the city’s Lompoc station. On
June 27, two days before the quake, the highest reading on the gauge
was 0.66, denoting that the water was that deep in feet. A week later
the average depth of the flow had increased to 0.72 feet, and has remained
at approximately that level ever since. Experts explain the increase
is due to the fact that the tremor opened up heretofore hidden seams
and springs that now pour water into the river. An increased quantity
of lime has been discovered in the water.
The Daily Oxnard Courier (Friday, July 24, 1925).
2 QUAKES FELT IN VENTURA AND SANTA BARBARA. Shortly before noon (11:50)
slight, of slow movement, no damage, not felt in Oxnard.
Two earth tremors were felt in Santa Barbara and Ventura shortly before
noon today. No damage was reported. According to Venturans who were
in the court house at the time of the quakes were distinctly felt and
the big building rocked. The first tremblor was felt at 11:50 am. Another
followed immediately afterward. The quakes were described as slight
and of slow movement.
According to the city editor of the Santa Barbara Daily News
the quakes were felt in that city but were very slight. No damage was
No reports of the quake being felt here were reported to The Courier.
BSSA, Vol. 29, no. 1, p. 237.
10:45 a.m. Ojai and Ventura. Although the Coast Survey gives intensity
V at Ventura and III at Ojai, the descriptions seem to indicate the
highest intensity at Ojai, where the shock was an abrupt bumping, felt
by many. A press dispatch said dishes rattled at Ventura.
The Daily Oxnard Courier, Vol. XIX, no. 35 (Wednesday, Aug. 12,
Quake Felt Here and Along Coast to Santa Barbara. Did you feel the
jolt shortly before 11 o’clock this morning? Many here said it was an
earthquake and according to reports from Ventura later today, it must
have been. While it was felt only slightly here Ventura received a real
temblor that lasted about a minute.
Santa Paula Chronicle, Vol. II, no. 265.
A slight earthquake shock was felt here at about 11 o’clock this morning.
It is said it was quite severe in Ventura and Santa Barbara, opening
new cracks in buildings.
BSSA, vol. 15, n. 3, p. 243 ( Aug. 1, 1925).
Santa Barbara, California - Five light shocks were felt in Santa Barbara
on the night of Aug. 12-13. The strongest of these took place a few
minutes before 3:00 am. No damage was reported.
BSSA, vol. 15, n. 3, p. 243.
Ventura, California - An earthquake of sufficient intensity to rattle
dishes was reported to have occurred in Ventura at 10:45 am on Aug.
16. No damage was done.
The Morning Press, Sect. 2, p. 1 (Tuesday, Sept. 8, 1925).
TWO LIGHT SHOCKS ARE FELT SUNDAY. Two slight earthquake shocks, the
first that have been generally noticed in the past few weeks, occurred
Sunday, one at 10:50 o’clock and the other at about 8:30 o’clock that
BSSA, vol. 15, n. 4, p. 334 ( Oct. 9, 1925)
Santa Barbara, California - Santa Barbara felt a very slight earthquake
shock at 1:30 pm on Oct. 9th. It was merely a "readjustment movement"
from the severe shock of June 29th, and was comparable in intensity
to the vibration produced by the Pacific fleet’s firing off San Pedro.
The Morning Press, Sect. 1, p. 2 (Thursday, Oct. 22, 1925)
An article about an earthquake in Los Angeles, also mentions one
felt "yesterday morning" (Oct. 21) at 11:30. The only description of
it given was that it was slight. Ed.
BSSA, vol. 15, n. 4, p. 335 ( Oct. 30, 1925)
Santa Barbara, California - A sharp earthquake was felt in Santa Barbara
and Ventura at 5:30 on the morning of Oct. 30th, according to an Associated
Press dispatch. The shock was of several seconds’ duration, but no damage
was reported. A very light shock was also felt at 1:45 am on the same
The Daily Oxnard Courier, Vol. XIX, no. 101 (Friday, Oct. 30,
Quake Felt in Santa Barbara and in Oxnard. A slight earthquake was
felt here at 5:30 am today. It was of minor violence and did no damage.
The quake was felt in Ventura and also in Oxnard. It lasted a minute
in Ventura and awoke light sleepers.
The Morning Press, Sect. 1, p. 1 (Friday, Oct. 30, 1925)
SLIGHT SHOCK FELT. a slight earth tremor was felt throughout the city
shortly before 3 o’clock this morning but no damage resulted.
The Ventura County Star, Vol. 1, No. 117 ( Oct. 30, 1925)
The heaviest tremblor in several months rocked Ventura at 5:30 this
morning. The shake continued for 12 minutes, but no damage was done.
From Santa Barbara came reports of a severe shake, which frightened
many people. No damage to property was reported. Coming with sufficient
severity to arouse many who were sleeping, they were sufficiently awake
to be positive of the nature of the disturbance.
The Morning Press, Sect. 2, p. 2 (Sunday, Nov. 1, 1925)
QUAKE IS FELT IN LOS ALAMOS. Los Alamos, Oct. 31 - A distinct earthquake
shock was felt here at 5 am yesterday.